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Feb 9, 2013 4:20pm EST
. for those of you in afghanistan, you hit the kabul crud in winter. i will try to speak through that today. it is an honor to be here at csis. in many ways it is a bit of a homecoming. i see old friends of mine. i worked for over 15 years for the chairman of the csis board of trustees. he has been a tireless leader since 2000. in many ways, those 15 years that i spent help prepare me for my current job. i saw firsthand what congressional oversight can do to improve policies of the united states government. this was later reinforced when i had a great opportunity to work with who i think many people have viewed as the father of oversight. from both of them, also learned the important role of an independent and aggressive inspector general. the statue in 1978 was to treat inspector general who told the truth to power. both of those men fully understood the role and importance of the inspector general and improving the operations of the united states government. those men have brought me to where i am today. it has been only seven months since i have been appointed by president obama as a spe
Feb 22, 2013 7:00pm PST
the streets of kabul will soon find himself walking instead down a red carpet in hollywood. nhk world's hideki yui has his story. >> reporter: this is pakistan's national sport. men on horseback target a bull made of goat skin. the most successful players are treated like heroes. "buzkashi boys" tells the story of children who long to compete. but without money to buy a horse, they can't even practice. the film highlights harsh realities faced by many children in afghanistan. poverty prevents them from achieving their dreams. one of the main characters is played by this 14-year-old. in real life he is a street vendor. his father passed away when he was a child. the boy has been on the street selling chewing gum and mops since he was 6 years old. he dreamed of becoming a pilot, but it was hard enough to make a living, let alone think about going to school. >> translator: i don't want to give up my dream to become a pilot. i want to get many afghan people on a plane and take them to countries far away to see different cultures. >> reporter: it's been 11 years since the u.s.-led military interven
Feb 22, 2013 6:00am PST
nominated for an academy award. that means one young boy from the streets of kabul will soon find himself walking instead down a red carpet in hollywood. nhk world has his story. >> reporter: buzkashi is this country's sport. "buzkashi boys" tells the story of children who long to compete. but without money to buy a horse, they can't even practice. the film highlights harsh realities faced by many children in afghanistan, poverty prevents them from achieving their dreams. one of the main characters is played by this 14-year-old. in real life he is a street vendor. his father passed away when he was a child. the boy is on the street selling chewing gum and mops since he was 6 years old. he dreamed of becoming a pilot but it was hard enough to make a living, let alone think about going to school. >> translator: i don't want to give up my dream to become a pilot. i want to get many afghan people on a plane and take them to countries far away to see difficult cultures. >> reporter: it's been 11 years since the u.s.-led military intervention in afghanistan began. financial aid from the interna
Feb 16, 2013 5:30am PST
for the complete turn over to the afghans and we ensured that there were actual funding lines present so the kabul ministry can make sure the money what was given to them by foreign governments made it all the way down to that teacher or that principal or that district supervisor for schools. and one thing we did which hadn't been done since 1978 before the invasion of the soviets was we actually brought down the ministry of education to southwest afghanistan. it had been 35 years since that happened. it was too dangerous, way too dangerous. so currently i'll give you a snapshot. in 2007 there were no girls in school in southwest afghanistan. the taliban ran the medrossas, those are gone now. currently if you walked into southwest afghanistan you would see many marines but you would also see 25,000 kids in school. you would see close to 3,000 girls. there is a teacher's college that has been renovated in the big city and there are aspiring teachers studying at that college. there are women's centers established in two of those districts and there are afghan parents and educators involved in
Feb 22, 2013 2:30pm PST
-ami like an actor. -- they know me like an actor. >> the film was shot at key kabul landmarks. >> he embodies the spirit of the afghanistan in a way that no one else does. he is a scrapper. one of the most intelligent and warmest kids i know. >> as remarkable as the story, and an afghan film is being highest honor.he >> the day she saw the film, she was so proud and she was so happy. in histhe first time life, he is leaving the streets. he and co-star have come here to the madness of hollywood. it is reaching a frenzied pace and head of the oscars on sunday. it is up for best live-action short thump. it is quite an experience for these lads to come here. it is quite a contrast from kabul. what do you think of hollywood? >> i am so happy here. it is the dream of every actor to come here. i am so happy and so excited. of los do you think angeles? of things dead. good security. i like everything -- it has lots of things good. the security. >> what about the food? >> i like it. some things are strange for us. the hamburgers are so good. french fries, i like a lot. >> if you are you hopin
Feb 26, 2013 2:30pm PST
of afghanistan. but nowadays in kabul, it is not quite the same. wholesalers stilt supplied to other regions of the country with their own -- still supplied to other regions of the country with their own unique shape. the burqa business is taking a bit of dundalk, falling in demand here in kabul at least. -- is taking a bit of a knock, falling in demand here in kabul at least. some perpetrators are going bust. some gurkha traders are now going bust. the extra six months ago he was selling for cause. >> people have more freedom and more choice. women are no longer forced to wear them. it has affected my business. >> even the woman who has been stitching these says it has affected her modesty in other ways. >> when i first went out without a burqa, i thought everyone was staring at me. but i used to it. on the few occasions i do where it now, i feel like i cannot read. i feel like i will suffocate. >> but for some, old habits die hard. for the past 60 years, this woman has remained covered up. it is a tradition, she says, she will not hold. she likes the anonymity it gives her. when
Feb 8, 2013 6:00am PST
in afghanistan threatens to feed disillusionment with the government and boost support for insurgents. from kabul, nhk's reporter files this story. >> reporter: the u.n. office on drugs and crime surveyed 6,700 afghan men and women age 18 or over. 50.1% of respondents said they were offered money in 2012. >> the afghan population considers corruption as the number two most important issue immediately after the insecurity problems. >> reporter: the report reports how deep corruption runs in afghan life. respondents on average are offered bribes 5.6 times per year, making an average payment worth $214. hamid karzai has tried to reign in corruption. it's clearly not been made. after an aid conference in tokyo last july, the countries agreed to continue supporting afghanistan on the condition that the government tackle corruption. the u.n. report estimates $3.9 billion of bribes exchanged hands in afghanistan last year. that's equivalent to the annual aid that donor nations have promised to the country until 2015. the report highlights lax government discipline and the questions whether foreign aid i
Feb 22, 2013 5:30pm PST
. a teenager from afghanistan who just days ago was selling maps on the streets of kabul is right now there in the thick of it all. his story tonight from nbc's kristen dahlgren. >> gentlemen, gentlemen. >> reporter: they say movies have the power to transport you. >> over here, right here. >> reporter: the oscar red carpet is a long way from afghanistan. 14-year-old fawad mohammadi was selling maps on the streets of kabul, struggling to support his mom and seven siblings when american director sam french noticed something in those soulful green eyes. he cast him in "buzkashi boys," a short film about the son of a blacksmith and a street peddler, two friends with big dreams. we were with fawad in afghanistan when he found out that film is an oscar nominee. >> i'm so happy. >> reporter: did you ever think that you would be here? >> no. i never think that i would be here. >> reporter: it's been a whirlwind trip so far. autographs, paparazzi, fittings. they can't wait to see the movie stars. >> brad pitt, al pacino, nicolas cage and tom cruise. >> reporter: in between a trip to universal
Feb 10, 2013 2:00pm PST
a general john allen in the afghan capital city -- in the afghan city of kabul. >> today is not about change, it's about continuity. what has not changed is the will of this coalition. what has not changed is our commitment to accomplish the mission. more and courtly, what has not changed is the inevitability of our success. >> is facing some tough challenges, among them, republicans to question whether he's the right man for the job. >> with the u.s. looking forward to december, 2014 as the day u.s. combat forces are expected to leave afghanistan for good, a marine corps general is guarding his term as the last general to run the war in that country. >> i understand is much work to be dead and the challenges will be many. >> he lead a regiment of some 6000 troops into iraq in 2003 and spent much of his career at the pentagon, calling some to question his battlefield credentials. >> how much personal time have you had in afghanistan? >> senator, i have not served on assignment in afghanistan. >> in this high-profile position, he will have to manage the politics in washington and in kabul, es
Feb 24, 2013 6:30pm EST
province near kabul. a spokesman says karzai issued the order because afghans working along the troops are accused of torturing and abusing other afghans. u.s. officials appear to have been caught off-guard by the order. he say they take the allegations seriously and will launch an investigation. >>> the jury is still out on hollywood's favorite movies of 2012, but we know which ones the critics love to hate. the razzies announced last night. we'll tell what you was recognized as lousy. we'll see how long this ooh kfc. hey, you're supposed to wait for everybody. you know what, while we're waiting why don't we play a game of hide and seek? right now? yeah go hide. go on buddy. one, two... [ son ] come and find me! three! [ son ] are you even looking for me? i am looking! [ male announcer ] bite-sized chicken's grown up. kfc bites. freshly hand-breaded big bites of premium breast meat, seasoned in the colonel's original recipe. try 10 bites with an 8 piece meal for $19.99. [ son ] dad? [ male announcer ] today tastes so good. >>> just a few hours we get to find out which movie
Feb 12, 2013 5:30pm PST
are due home by the end of 2014. charlie d'agata is at our afghan bureau in the capital, kabul and, charlie, i wonder, what is this going to mean to the troops on the ground? >> reporter: well, the key question, scott, is the time frame. any commanders here will tell you that they want as many boots on the ground for as long asg they can, certainly through the summer and the fall, when thethe fighting picks up against the taliban. and there's a lot of work to be done, especially along eastern afghanistan, where insurgents have been infiltrating from safeee havens in pakistan. they're holding territory there. they're launching attacks heretack in kabul. u.s. troops are also focused on the south around kandahar, the birthplace of the taliban. now, it's been announced that the afghans will be taking then lead in the spring. but what we've seen for ourselves is u.s. forces fighting right alongside them, providing the firepower, air support and medical evacuation. >> pelley: charlie d'agata in kabul. charlie, thank you. the president's facing anotheronal national security challenge to
Feb 27, 2013 6:00am EST
are looking to fix this error. we will report further information as we have it from kabul. >> does the report need to be fixed? >> we will take a look at adjustments that need to be made. >> does it call into question the statistics? forces are in the lead increasingly. they are entering the numbers. many people have acknowledged the problem. do you have to do it closer review of the statistics that have been cited repeatedly? >> i do not know that we have to undertake a broader review. you make a good point. as we transition, we will have to collect information. we need to make sure our numbers and theirs are accurate, that they are reported, that our systems process those numbers, and we drive out the correct analytics. we have a strong interest in conveying as accurate information as possible. i view this as a limited incense. if there is a broader problem, we will be forthright about it. >> do you know whether the problem is for a finite amount of time? was this something that happened over the year. >> they will have to answer that question. we will try to drive out or information for yo
Feb 21, 2013 9:00pm PST
is in kabul with the story. >> it's a rivetting look at life in afghanistan. but the real story behind oscar nominated boy takes place when camera turn off. here on the grimey streets of kabul 14-year-old mohammad used magazine just to make a living. he spent half his life hussling the streets. the only way to support his family after his father passed away. then two years ago random encounter with american filmmaker zahn sam french changed his life. french gave him a lead role in this mavie playing the son of black smith who dreamed of playing afghanistan national sport. >> what went through your heart when you saw yourself in the movie? >> i can not say my feelings because i was so happy. >>reporter: he grew up so poor his family couldn't afford a television. never once been on plane. never even left the country. when we asked him which actor would you like to be. >> he told us rambo. lake most american teenagers. >> issued see angelina jolie. >>reporter: the poster lines the hallway of the american embassy. >> it's nothing short of extraordinary. >> when they found out he couldn'
Feb 27, 2013 1:00pm PST
're next mission is to take 10,000 balloons to kabul, afghanistan. they're going to hand them out as people go to work. just go to, and you can buy a balloon for $1, and you can bring a smile to someone on the other side of the world. when you donate it, you will have your face posted on the website. and you will be able to connect with other people who have donated and people who are v received these balloons. it's a great way to brighten someone's day and connect with like-minded individuals. >>> what if dogs were the hosts of "right this minute." this is exactly what it would look like. what you're looking at is a video that went viral in 2011. the dog was trying to emulate a baby. >> he's doing the dog thing that dogs do. >> he had something to say. >> he is sending us his resumÉ. >> we do show case a lot of animal and dog videos, logan could give us canine insight. >>> people at home are watching this video, and we're watching them watch a video -- video inception right now. >> yeah, it is video inception. >>> dogs this minute. >>> we're giving away an ipad min
Feb 17, 2013 5:30am PST
casualties is tantamount. jennifer is our correspondents in kabul and she spoke to general done friedan's sent us this report. >> the new commander of nato and american forces here says that any understand the president's not callying they may in nato air strikes where there are afghans of billions, afghan homes or villages. he is meeting this afternoon with his afghan counterpart to work out the modalities of implementing this decree on the ground. this is all following an air strike on wednesday leaving 10 afghan civilians dead. there were called in by his own afghan security forces, afghan security forces. these measures were to mitigate civilian casualties and had a number of them last year in 2012. general dunford the protecting civilians is what it is all about. he is working to implement his new presidential decree as he moves forward in his support as tens of thousands of nato forces leave an afghanistan takes the lead in securing the country for the afghan people. >> the u.n. peace envoy to syria has been talking with the arab league in cairo. brahimi talks between the two. but
Feb 24, 2013 6:30pm EST
kabul. for more we turn to pentagon correspondent jim miklaciewski. >> this order today shocked u.s. defense and military officials. they were taken totally by surprise. military officials also have strongly denied u.s. commandos condone or in any way took part in kidnapping, torture, or murders of afghan civilians or suspects. president karzai has occasionally in the past taken the u.s. military to task and, in part, to show the afghan people that he is in charge, but this province is a taliban stronghold, one of the hottest combat areas in afghanistan, so if karzai is playing politics here, it's an extremely dangerous game. now, president obama has already announced that 34,000 american troops, half the total american -- from afghanistan by the end of this year, but if u.s. forces are prevent from executing their mission, you may start to hear calls from washington to bring home all american forces sooner than planned. lester. >> thank you. >>> up next here tonight, the pope and his last sunday appearance. but we can still help you see your big picture. with the fidelity guided
Feb 4, 2013 8:30pm EST
to start with. for those of you who have been in afghanistan you get what is called the kabul crud and typically in winter. so i will be trying to speak through that today. it is a real honor to be here today at csis. in many ways it's a bit of a homecoming and i see some old friends of mine, judge webster and arnold back there. i worked for over 15 years for sam nunn who is bob mentioned as the is the chairman of the csis board of trustees as well as with john hamre for quite a few years when he was working for sam nunn. and he has been a tireless leader of csis since 2000. it is a bit of a homecoming. in many ways those 15 years that i spent with sam nunn helped prepare me for my current job. because there i saw first-hand what congressional oversight, what is fair oversight can do to improve programs and policies to the united states government. this was later reinforced when i had the great opportunity to work with who i think many people have viewed as probably the father of modern congressional oversight and that is chairman john dingell who ran the khan -- congress committee
Feb 15, 2013 5:30pm PST
to their school in kabul, where they have been trying to win back their freedom from the taliban and their music. now, they have come to america to perform. do you like america? >> yes. it's very beautiful. >> reporter: she plays the sitar, in a country where women almost never perform. eraj plays, too. for so long, there was no music. >> music was ban -- >> reporter: banned? >> banned. and they didn't want music. >> reporter: and the music wasn't the only thing stolen. do you have a mom and dad? [ speaking foreign language ] she tells us she's an orphan who lost bhoert mother and her father to the fighting with the taliban. do you remember your mom and dad? you do. ky i can see your smile. she wishes they could hear her music, just as we did. ♪ and right there waiting to perform for us, too, eraj. and just listen to what he said after hearing her. >> she's better than me. >> reporter: she's better than you? >> yeah. >> reporter: but he would play, too. ♪ he turned to her and said, she was playing better than him. >> that clearly shows the future of afghanistan. sometimes the girls can be mu
Feb 10, 2013 6:00pm PST
dunford in a ceremony at coalition headquarters in kabul. dharlie-- charlie d'agata was there. >> reporter: this morning general john allen gave up command to fellow marine joseph dunford in an emotional event that at times sound more like a defiant victory speech than a handover ceremony. >> afghan force-- afghan forces defending afghan people and enabling the government of this country to serve its citizens. this is victory, this is what winning looks like. and we should not shrink from using these words. >> reporter: but he himself has admitted he's had a tough 19 months and had to handle a series of disasters he calls meteor strikes. the images that surfaced showing marines urinating on the corps of taliban fighters. the accidental burning of the koran that started a wave of violence that included the killing of u.s. troops. and the massacre of 16 civilians in a shooting rampage allegedly at the hands of an american soldier. >> we have a casualty. >> reporter: general allen fought back tears when he said more than 560 coalition forces were killed on his watch, the vast majority america
Feb 23, 2013 6:00pm PST
didn't sell. none of the bids reached the minimum of $1 million. still ahead, from kabul to the red carpet, two afghan boys journey to the academy awards. awards. copd includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. spiriva helps control my copd symptoms by keeping my airways open for 24 hours. plus, it reduces copd flare-ups. spiriva is the only once-daily inhaled copd maintenance treatment that does both. spiriva handihaler tiotropium bromide inhalation powder does not replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms. tell your doctor if you have kidney problems, glaucoma, trouble urinating, or an enlarged prostate. these may worsen with spiriva. discuss all medicines you take, even eye drops. stop taking spiriva and seek immediate medical help if your breathing suddenly worsens your throat or tongue swells, you get hives, vision changes or eye pain or problems passing urine. other side effects include dry mouth and constipation. nothing can reverse copd. spiriva helps me breathe better. (blowing sound) ask your doctor about spiriva. [ male announcer ] when was the last time somethin
Feb 9, 2013 3:00pm EST
to 2004 period, what happened is on one hand they poured money, expertise in to the center, in to kabul to scar -- karzai's government. at the same time we had a number of independent and unilateral agreements, people -- this would be for example, the governor of kandahar in 2002. or, you know, there's a serious of private maliciouses that were funded and supported. while we were putting money in to create the afghan police, we were also giving money to the governor of kandahar for him to maintain the private militia. they don't answer to the afghan government. they answer to the governor alone. you can't create state in -- you usually think a state in the basic definition of the body that has the monopoly. there's a serious of actions that exist around the country from 2002 to today which include the formation of viable state. to give an example. there are probably 100 maybe 200 military bases scattered u.s. military bases scattered around the country in afghanistan. each of those, or most of those, require afghan militiamen to guard. these are not afghan police or army. these are irre
Feb 9, 2013 9:15pm EST
in the cities like kabul and other main cities we have. like kabul from nowadays we're having social media like facebook and twitter that people are receiving the news. but more than 73% of the population of afghanistan is receiving their information through radio. host: what about the literacy rates? in afghanistan, according to the cia fact book, literacy rate overall is 28%. given those numbers, how difficult is it your job of getting information to afghanis? guest: when you see almost 28% of the country is literate, meaning more than 72% mark is illiterate, that means we are faced with people they are not easy to receive things or digest things, so it is very hard in a country like afghanistan with the fact that more than 70% are illiterate, on the other hand, in afghanistan security, reaching for the people because of bad [indiscernible] because of the geographic afghanistan, it is hard work, but it does not mean it will stop us. host: our guest abdul mujeeb khalvatgar is director of nai media institute. we're talking about journalism in afghanistan, how afghanis get their news and the fre
Feb 22, 2013 2:35am EST
will be a 14-year-old boy from afghanistan. >> he was discovered on the tough luck streets of kabul and stars in a movie that's been nominated for an oscar. abc's muhammad lila has his story. >> reporter: it's a riveting look at life in afghanistan. but the real story behind oscar nominated "buzkashi boys" takes place when cameras turn off. here, on the grimy streets of kabul, 14-year-old fawad mohammedi sells used magazines to make a living. he spent half his life hustling these streets, the only way to support his family after his father passed away. then two years ago, a random encounter with american filmmaker sam french changed his life. french gave him a lead role in "buzkashi boys," playing the son of a black smith who dreams of playing afghanistan's national sport. muhammadi grew up so poor, his family couldn't afford a television. he's never been on a plane, never left the country. when we asked him which actors would you like to meet, he told us -- >> rambo. >> reporter: and like most american teenagers -- >> i should see also angelina jolie. >> reporter: across town, his poster lin
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Feb 13, 2013 11:00pm PST
to school. but my daughters have a choice to go to the best school in kabul and i think because of the social changes in afghanistan. it's hardly mesh you'rable to be reported in media because it's not measurable. with all the changes that has happened, i give myself all eligibility to run for president of afghanistan. >> jon: it's tremendous. when you speak about the social change that has occurred over that generation, yet, your life remains in peril on a daily basis. the taliban has tried to assassinate you many different times. and you seem remarkably serene in the face after this kind of danger. is that just something you have a faith that you believe this is your destiny this is what you must do even with the peril it puts you in? >> it's a choice. i could come to europe or u.s. and stay luxurious life like many other people in this world do or i could stay back in my country and try to contribute to a small change if i can. i have decided to go for the second option though it's not easy. i feel as a woman if you become stronger politcally or socially you find more opponen
Feb 26, 2013 5:00pm EST
have it, probably from kabul. we will take a look at any adjustments you need to be made to the 1230 report. >> does that also call into question other statistics because as you say, the afghan forces are now in the late increasingly and they're the ones entering the words. and you've been -- many people have acknowledged that problem of literacy that your pc with the afghan forces. so once you have to do a closer review of a lot of the statistics that have been cited repeatedly from the podium? >> i don't know that we have to undertake a broader review, but as you transition, we have to collect information with them. we need to make sure that our numbers and our numbers are accurate, reported effectively and that which i thought the correct analytics at the end. we have a strong interest in conveying into duty to convey as accurate information as possible to you and the american people. and to the afghans come in the people. i view this as a limited instead and at this stage if there is a broader problem, of course will be forthright about it. >> is there a problem for a finite. or
Feb 27, 2013 6:30pm PST
people have been wounded in a suicide bombing in kabul. >> witnesses say the bomber crawled underneath a bus when he detonated the bomb appeared the bus was carrying afghan army personnel. the taliban have claimed responsibility. >> the incident has again raised questions about afghan forces assuming responsibility for security by the end of next year. >> the latest round of talks over iran's disputed nuclear program have drawn to a close. >> while there was a breakthrough in negotiations it has extent, tehran says a turning point has been reached. world powers say they will ease sanctions on iran if the country will accept limitations on in richmond. iran has rejected fears that material process there could be used to make nuclear weapons. the sides have agreed to meet again in april. coming up after a short break, we will have more coverage of the pope's farewell to the catholic church. >> plus, the latest in german soccer. stay tuned. >> welcome back. germany, in the shape of martin luther, provided spark for the protestant revolution. >> there were hopes that benedict xvi would fin
Feb 14, 2013 6:00am PST
in kabul as part of the same campaign. human rights organizations say afghan women frequently become victims of violence. the problem is ongoing despite laws that protect women and increase prosecution of abusers. past demonstrations were not by stone throwing and insults but thursday's march passed off peacefully. >>> a special group of young musicians from afghanistan is taking to the stage in new york city on their landmark american tour. the performance is a milestone on the long journey of recovery for afghan music which was banned by the former taliban regime as unislamic. ♪ >> students from the afghanistan national institute of music performed traditional afghan tunes. in new york's prestigious carnegie hall on tuesday. the school was established in 2010 under the afghan administration of education with hefty financial support from abroad. half the school's 140 students are orphans or street children. one-third of them are girls. musicians ranging in age from 10 to 22 also enjoyed the rare opportunity to perform alongside a local american high school orchestra. >> because th
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